How to create Windows To Go using Windows 10/11 Professional Edition?

Updated on July 11, 2022 by Admin to Portable Windows Creator

I have a computer running Windows 10 Professional and a Windows 10 Pro installation ISO file downloaded from Microsoft website. Yesterday I tried to install Windows 10 Pro onto an external hard drive as Windows To Go (WTG) on this computer. I run Windows To Go Creator from the control panel and chose the external hard drive, however, Windows To Go Creator was unable to find the installation image. At this point I noticed that the Windows To Go Creator only supports creating Windows To Go using the Enterprise of Windows 10. My question is: How to create Windows To Go using Windows 10 Professional Edition?

Windows To Go (WTG) is an enterprise feature of Windows 10/8 Enterprise Edition, this is the reason why we cannot create Windows To Go USB drive using Windows 10/11 Pro Edition. Now we know that we can only use the Enterprise Edition of Windows to create Windows To Go, unfortunately, most of us don't have the Enterprise edition of Windows 10, so we can't use the Windows built-in Windows To Go Creator application to create Windows To Go USB drive.

Does this means that there is no way to create a Windows To Go USB drive if we only have a Windows 10/11 Pro Edition? No! You can use the best free Windows To Go Creator software WinToUSB to create Windows To Go from a Windows 10/11 Pro installation ISO, and it works for Windows 8 Professional and Windows 8.1 Professional too.


Tutorial to use Windows 10/11 Pro Edition to create Windows To Go USB drive with WinToUSB.

Step 1. Connect the USB drive to the computer, download, install and run Hasleo WinToUSB and then click "Windows To Go USB".

Click Windows To Go creator

Step 2. Click "Select installation source", then click "Browse image file" and select the Windows installation ISO file from the open dialog box as installation source, or choose a CD/DVD drive with a Windows installation DVD inserted as the installation source.

Select installation source for Windows To Go

* Tips: If you don't have a Windows 10 installation ISO, please download Windows 10 installation ISO first.

Step 3. Hasleo WinToUSB scans for and lists installable operating systems, select the edition of Windows you want to install.

Select Windows edition

Step 4. Click "Select destination drive" and select the destination drive from the pop-up drive list. If the drive is not correctly recognized by Hasleo WinToUSB, you can click the refresh drive list button for the program to recognize the drive.

Select destination drive

Step 5. Choose the partition scheme and installation mode you want to use, and you can specify additional drivers or enable BitLocker to encrypt the Windows To Go USB drive according to your needs, then click "Proceed".

Select partition scheme and installation mode

* Tips:

  1. For more detailed information about "Partition scheme", "Installation mode" and "Enable BitLocker", please refer to: How to create portable Windows 11/10/8/7 from an ISO, WIM, ESD, SWM or VHD(X) file?
  2. If you choose "Keep the existing partition scheme", you need to manually prepare the partitions on the USB drive before this step, and here is the user guide on how to manually prepare partitions for Windows To Go.

Step 6. After clicking "Proceed", a pop-up will appear asking you if you want to format it to continue, click "Yes" if you are sure.

The drive needs to be formatted prompt

Step 7. After clicking "Yes", WinToUSB begins installing Windows to the destination drive.

installing Windows to USB

Step 8. It takes some time to install. After installation restart the computer and change BIOS to boot from your USB drive.

change BIOS to boot from USB

Step 9. Windows 10/11 normal installation starts up and you have to complete all the installation steps. After that, you can install programs, copy files, etc.

Windows normal installation


Follow these simple steps, you can easily create a Windows To Go USB drive from Windows 10/11 Pro installation ISO by using Hasleo WinToUSB. Now you can carry this Windows 10/11 Pro To Go USB drive to anywhere and use it on any computer.